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Former N.D. sheriff sentenced to probation

STEELE, N.D. (AP) -- A former sheriff in North Dakota accused of sexually harassing a female Kidder County employee will not serve jail time.

The Bismarck Tribune reports that Doug Howard pleaded guilty to misdemeanor disorderly conduct. He was given a year of unsupervised probation and ordered to complete a harassment seminar. Court documents show Howard already has done that.

Prosecutors dismissed three counts of corrupt practices filed against Howard. Those counts related to allegations that Howard intimidated supporters of a deputy who ran against him for sheriff. John Lemieux defeated Howard in the Nov. 2 election.